Hundreds of people protested on Thursday in front of the Ministry of Health regarding the mandatory vaccination. The people clashed with the gendarmes and forced their way into the institution’s premises, while one of them, the famous “Dac Flag” protester, climbed the building and tried to enter Minister Rafila’s office. AUR leader George Simion was also present at the demonstration since the morning, who told his followers that he “does not want a medical dictatorship”. Later, Simion twisted and said that the demonstration was not organized by AUR, but only participated, even though an invitation to the event was posted on the party’s Facebook page.
Whose is the protest in front of the Ministry of Health
The press called today’s demonstration in front of the Ministry of Health “the AUR protest”, the event being attended by members of the party, even the head George Simion. The event was also announced on Wednesday on the party’s Facebook page.
“Thursday, August 17, we are protesting at the Ministry of Health against the Vaccination Strategy of Minister Alexandru Rafila, which is nothing more than a methodical plan to impose, for six, the obligation of vaccination and the suppression of the citizens’ right to choose what is best for their health”, they broadcast, yesterday, on Facebook.
At the same time, several branches of the AUR party posted images and messages encouraging participation in the protest. At the same time, almost every Facebook page also shared the message of AUR leader – George Simion, present at the protest.
At around 17:00 George Simion got mad and announced on Facebook that it was not the AUR protest and that he only participated. This although, on Wednesday, invited to speak on Prima TV, he gave details about today’s protest in front of the Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, the “Orthodox Brotherhood” says that the protest belongs to them, a series of videos and pictures from the protest being posted on Facebook.
Simion invokes Cîțu on the issue of vaccination
As early as 12:00 George Simion came in front of the Ministry of Health to participate in the protest.
“People at the protest shout: no medical dictatorship”. There are over 300 people here, the press will say they are eccentric. We don’t want a medical dictatorship, we don’t want impositions. We want him to decide for each individual vaccine as he thinks”, says Simion in the live broadcast on Facebook from the Ministry of Health.
In his speech, Simion mentions the former prime ministers: Cîțu and Dăncilă, on the grounds that they supported vaccination.
“We have come out of totalitarianism, from the dictatorship, neither Rafila, nor Cîțu, nor Dăncilă should decide for us. Everyone is responsible for him. This is the reason why we are in the street”.
From the message sent by Simion to his followers, we do not understand very well the reason and the need for today’s protest. He says he doesn’t want a medical dictatorship like in the pandemic and asks journalists not to make “black sheep” those who haven’t been vaccinated.
“Today we came before the Ministry of Health to say we refuse the medical dictatorship that was in the pandemic that cost lives, no one answered for it. That’s what they want to do next to reach a rate of 95% and if it’s going to be 93% what do they want you to do? Are you going to present those 7% on TV as the black sheep?”, Simion pointed out.
Present at today’s protest and holding an anti-vaccination banner in the back, Simion recently declared that he would vaccinate his children if only he was “not crazy.”
“Certainly (I would vaccinate my children), I’m not crazy as some have stated, I’m not anti-vaccine. I just want the horrors that happened during the pandemic to not be repeated when, if we didn’t make some more radical protests, they wouldn’t let you work if you weren’t vaccinated. That meant mandatory vaccination.
We don’t want to get there. Of course, all elementary vaccines must be done,” said the leader of the AUR, to Prima News, according to SpotMedia.
What the Minister of Health says about the Vaccination Strategy
The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, declared on Thursday, in a press conference, that there is no word “mandatory” in the text of the Strategy for Vaccination.
“It seems that lies have short legs and political imposture should have even shorter legs. This repeated imposture brought to a paroxysm must stop in Romania, if we want healthy people, from all points of view, in our country”, said the minister, according to News.ro
The Minister of Health was asked how the correct message of the Ministry of Health regarding the Vaccination Strategy could reach the protesters.
“The message could reach if those who are inciting and leading them at this moment would be in good faith and send them the correct message. Yesterday I heard Mr. Simion’s statement related to the vaccination of his own children.
If he were to say to them at this moment: Vaccines are effective, they are safe, I have vaccinated my children, vaccinate your children, if you are responsible, I ask that would be a message that could reach these people who have been called by Mr. Simion and his colleagues”, said Rafila.